The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Centerregularly publishes research that supports education, workforce, and learner success. Our research offers objective data and insights about student enrollment, mobility, completion, and other important student outcomes that are visible only through the Clearinghouse data. Our nationwide network of 3,600 postsecondary institutions provides up-to-date student-level data that represents 97 percent of the postsecondary enrollment today. Our publications are to benefit and better inform the education community, policymakers, business leaders, and other community leaders.

COVID-19

Stay Informed with the Latest Enrollment Information

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Monthly Update on Higher Education Enrollment

September 1, 2020

COVID-19

Transfer, Mobility, and Progress

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s Update on Transfer Students

Fall 2020

Publication Series

Persistence & Retention

The report is designed to help institutions understand first-year college persistence and retention patterns and identify disparities between different students, institutions, or states in this important early success indicator.

Last Published August 13, 2020

76%

First-time college students who persisted at any U.S. institution in their first year of college

Current Term Enrollment Estimates

Newly Updated! First-Look at the Effects of COVID-19 on College Enrollment

Last Published June 30, 2020

164,000

Decline in public college enrollments from a year ago

Yearly Success & Progress Rates

Year-by-year rates of persistence, transfer, completion, and stop-out can help states and institutions better identify effective intervention points to increase student success.

Last Published May 4, 2020

24%

Part-time beginning students no longer enrolled anywhere two years later

Undergraduate Degree Earners

Latest demographic and education credential profiles for students earning an undergraduate credential during the 2018-19 academic year, with a focus on first-time versus non-first-time graduates.

Last Published April 7, 2020

26%

New undergraduate credential earners in 2018-19 who already had one

Completing College

Provides a comprehensive overview of postsecondary completion trends nationally and by state. For all students who enter postsecondary education for the first time each year, it examines the diverse pathways the student traversed toward completion, as well as a degree or certificate completion rate within six and eight years of enrolling.

Last Published March 2, 2020

60%

The national 6-year college completion rate, counting all students at all institutions

Some College, No Degree

This report offers insights about students’ subsequent enrollments and completions, based on the most current national data that tracks individual students over time and across institutions and across state lines since the first Some College, No Degree report was released in 2014.

Last Published October 30, 2019

3.8M

Some College, No Degree students who re-enrolled in the past five years. Nearly 1 million completed.

High School Benchmarks

This year’s report examines the immediate college enrollment for high school graduating class of 2018, persistence for class of 2016, and completion for class of 2012. We continue to see large gaps between higher-income and low-income high schools on all fronts.

Last Published October 7, 2019

21%

College completion rate among graduates of high-poverty high schools, 32 percentage points lower than the rate for low-poverty schools

Tracking Transfer

Latest data update to the Tracking Transfer Report Series that focuses on the student mobility from two- to four-year institutions nationally. Student transfer outcomes for the 2012 cohort of first-time degree-seeking students are reported.

Last Published September 26, 2019

13%

Community college beginners earning a BA in six years

Upcoming Publications

SEPT 2020

Stay Informed
Fall Enrollment #1

SEPT 2020

Tracking Transfer

SEPT 2020

Time to Degree

Current Initiatives

Postsecondary Data Partnership Pilot

Postsecondary Data Partnership

The Postsecondary Data Partnership is a nationwide initiative to help colleges and universities more efficiently gain a fuller picture of student progress and outcomes, meet various reporting requirements, and focus more of their resources on using data to help students.

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